Identifying a Piece of Property
♦ Parcel Identification Number:
For the purpose of collecting property taxes, the King County Assessor's Office assigns a ten digit parcel number to all parcels in the County. (If the same person owns several lots adjacent to each other, then one number may be assigned.) In order to locate the parcel identification number, you will need to examine copies of the King County Assessor's Maps or your property tax records. The City of Tukwila has these maps in the Department of Community Development.
If the site is developed with a structure it will also have a street address i.e. 6200 Southcenter Blvd.
The Current Zoning of Property
The Comprehensive Plan Map, (1995, amended) the City's 20 year plan, shows the expected long term use of land within the City. (maps with greater detail than the online version are available at the DCD)
The Zoning Map, (1995, amended) shows the current zoning of properties within the City. The two maps are similar. The Zoning Code (TMC Title 18) explains the uses that are allowed and the standards required in each zone. (maps with greater detail than the online version are available at the DCD)
Previous Land Use Approvals or Building Permits
When did your property come under the jurisdiction of the City of Tukwila?
It"s often helpful and sometimes necessary, as property owners to know about the history of your home, lot, and or neighborhood. The City of Tukwila incorporated in 1908 as a much smaller City than currently exists. The annexation history map (available at the DCD) shows when your property came under the governance of the City of Tukwila. Most properties were "unincorporated" King County prior to annexing to the City; although there are a few properties along West Valley Highway that were formerly in the City of Renton.
When was your property subdivided or house/structure built?
In general the farther back in time one researches, the fewer records the City will have for all types of activities. The City's first zoning code and zoning map were adopted in 1957. Records of land use approvals such as shoreline permits, subdivisions, short plats etc. are available from around the early 1970's. Make an appointment with the Planning Division to receive assistance in reviewing copies of previous zoning maps and codes.
Previously issued land use approvals and building permits may be available through a records request. The City's development records generally begin in 1958. A Request for Public Records form must be completed with as much detail as possible. If you have questions on how to fill out the form and/or when you have it completed, call or return it to the Permit Center.